Subject: RE: Graphic take on reg/rep and global search scenario
Message text written by "Nieman, Scott" > I believe that indexing alone (which I hear some people are promoting) is insufficient, as it does not provide the concept of inter-relationships between data elements that a classification schema would (e.g., data model, class diagram, DTD). Perhaps with the newer concept-based engines (agent technology), one could index items such as models and DTDs, and propose a "straw-person" classification scheme if one did not exist. However, someone such as the RA should work to harmonize them such that browsing could be accomplished and actually retrieve something. <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< Scott, We are not walking this walk alone! check out : http://www.doi.org/ for a registration scheme for HTML tags. The US Gov put about $8M into this I believe - and there is much interesting work here that we can re-visit for insights. Also - in regard to your notes above vis indexing, and concept-based engines, there appears to be two related pieces here. Topic Maps have a role in establishing context, but, more important I see once again that Bizcodes provide an explicit mechanism. Considering that a Bizcode identifies an item, the next question is context? Clearly in EDI past this was folded into elements and this causes complication and lack of clear definitions. Using a Bizcode however, provides the means to sub-classify a further Bizcode code as an extension of the base definition in a particular use context. Now since this is unique, there is no confusion, while you retain the 'see also' capability of related use. Also - machines are not real good at this - and probably won;t be for some years yet. Pinning a system on explicit human based determinism is the pragmatic and better approach for now. Empowering the enduser to set their own use. The topic maps and similar (UML models) allow the enduser to understand the context (that's a non-trivial documentation issue) and hence to select the correct item for their use. Anyway - hope this helps! I'm deeping in project deadlines at the moment, but I hope to provide some more concrete examples within a week or so. Thanks, DW.
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